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after a mob stormed the consulate in benghazi. the violence, though, spreading not only in cairo, and you can see live pictures from egypt, it's spreading in the region and to a certain degree as well. we'll stay on top of it. that's it for us, thank you very much for watching, "ac 360" starts right now. breaking news tonight. >>> good evening, everyone. american warships and u.s. marines on the move, drones airborne. and a running battle on the streets of cairo between police and protesters outside and near the u.s. embassy and at a mosque in tahrir square. these are live pictures. late new developments in the wake of the siege there yesterday and the attack on the u.s. consulate that left four americans dead, including j. christopher stevens, the ambassador to libya who's being remembered as a dedicated and talented advocate for this country overseas. it is hard to overstate the significance of what happened last night at that american consulate in benghazi. he is the first ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in the last three decades and only the sixth in the entire hi
, are you looking at the scene, just outside the consulate in benghazi, as a pro american crowd tried to rush ambassador stevens, wounded, still alive, to the hospital. tonight, "360" obtains exclusive information about the climate that led up to all of this. ambassador stevens said in the month before his death, he talked about being worried what he called the never-ending security threats, specific until benghazi. the source telling us that the ambassador mentioned the rise in islamic extremism, the growing counterclaim presence in libya, that he was on an al qaeda hit list. in addition, our source tells us he e-mailed a journalist in the wake of a bombing near a consulate in june. he wrote, and i quote, maybe you head east to benghazi to check out the situation, which appears to be heating up. we don't know why, given all that ambassador stevens, why he traveled with such an apparently light security detail. did he want it that way? or did his warnings go unhead heeded, and did he and his people die because of it? we don't know. senator john mccain has criticized some of the steps
developments in the attacks on u.s. facilities in both cairo, egypt. and benghazi, libya. u.s. sources now tell cnn the attack in benghazi was actually planned in advance and the perpetrators used a protest outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is keeping tabs on the u.s. military's response to what's going on as well. let's go to jill first. she's watching what's going on. jill, what's the latest over at the state department beyond the heartbreak of a top u.s. diplomat, three others killed? >> right, wolf. just in a few minutes we're expecting an update, a briefing on background by senior officials here at the state department. but for now this is what we know based on the conversations and what we are hearing fro
the four americans returning home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ that this was a very complex attack involving more tars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire and that these militants did breach the outer perimeter of the base. now, this is down in helmand provnt. the largest marine base in afghanistan. we're confirming now that two u.s. marines have been killed, several more service members have been injured in this attack. also, we can tell you that prince harry, the royals prince harry, when he redeployed to afghanistan last week, he is now based at this base. again, the british control one side. the american control the other. we're told prince harry is not in any danger. he is there to fly british attack helicopters, the apaches. >> there were also effigies of president obama burned in afghanistan today and we've seen things like that in other places like egypt. were the attacks at the base and helmand province related? >> we asked the headquarters there in afghanistan and t
that the killing of four americans in benghazi was an act of terror, and how troubled the subsequent investigation into that deadly assault is turning out to be. today, 16 days after the attack, defense secretary leon panetta stated plainly what was obvious to many, including senator john mccain, who joins us shortly, almost from the beginning. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> the best we can tell, this is the first time any administration official has uttered the word "planned" to describe what happened. asked how long it took to reach his conclusion, secretary panetta said quote, it took awhile once information from benghazi came back. but keeping them honest, multiple sources now tell "360" that officials knew this was a terror attack almost from the get-go within 24 hours. at least intelligence officials. yet this is what they were saying for more than a week publicly after the killing. >> it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun
, the remains of four americans kill during the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi returned to the andrews air force base this afternoon. president obama was there and he vowed to bring justice to the men who killed them. >> even as voices of suspicious and mistrust that seek to devid countries and cultures, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> four people have been arrested in libya what were on the scene of the attack, but the government says they are not linked to the murders. that investigation continues and we have a live report on that now. arwa damon is with me from benghazi tonight and i know you had a chance to go to the consulate there. what did you see? >> reporter: it was really quite chilling, horrifying to be walking through some of the buildings there just imagining what had transpired, taken place. they were all burnt. there was black soot covering the walls. ashes over some of the furniture, the chandeliers. there was debris all over the floor. looters also had moved in after the attack took place pillaging this compound that even after the as
.s. marines are speeding to benghazi where they will help secure the u.s. consulate where the attack occurred. jill dougherty joins us now. >> reporter: officials here at the state department are beginning to piece together the details, but this is what we know. we have been speaking to them all morning long. what they say is essentially you had three things going on. you had the basic demonstration by regular libyans, but then you had a very targeted attack on the attack in benghazi by these heavy heavily-armed militants. we understand there were a couple dozen of them. they were using rpgs. very serious attack. as they attack the consulate, it starts a fire. and that is where the story with the ambassador comes in. the ambassador, mr. stevens, had been in benghazi temporarily. he's normally in the capital tripoli. also shawn smith, 10-year veteran, was also there on a temporary assignment. they were inside that consulate. fire breaks out. there are now three people along with one security person into a safe room. that safe room becomes filled with smoke and so at least ambassador stevens, p
armed forces. >>> chilling look inside of the u.s. consulate that was attacked in benghazi. more details on how that attack was carried out. >> currently you cannot control these groups, currently. >> not far from the truth. >> outrage in the middle east and northern africa all over you atube film. ask why the arab world is so easily offended. ♪ i can do anything today ♪ i can go anywhere ♪ i can go anywhere today ♪ la la la la la la la [ male announcer ] dow solutions help millions of people by helping to make gluten free bread that doesn't taste gluten free. together, the elements of science and the human element can solve anything. solutionism. the new optimism. and the human element mom: ready t♪ go to work?. ♪ ♪ ♪ every mom needs a little helper. that's why i got a subaru. announcer: love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. his morning starts with arthritis pain. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... hang on. stan's doctor recommend
home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ >>> this is the scene in cairo, a tense standoff between police and protesters. and across the muslim world, the rage is boiling over. u.s. embassy and consulates under siege in the middle east. africa and even asia, crowds in the street lashing out at america over a video mocking islam. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. there is fear and uncertainty tonight over where this crisis is heading. this map shows the unrest spreading to more than a dozen nations. in sudan, a chilling image on a day where mobs tore into the u.s. and german embassy compounds. tonight the sus sending marines there to reinforce security at the embassy. in pakistan, a disturbing and familiar scene as the crowd burns the american flag. and in tunisia, black smoke rises from the compound. >> and two marines are dead at a military base where prince harry is now stationed as well. back home an emotional service at joint base andrews for the arrival of the bodies of the four america
as well as other late developments out of benghazi. a large pro-democracy march on the headquarters of an extremist islamic group in benghazi. first, the breaking news about how the two former s.e.a.l.s perished and how far they went to save other american lives. joining us now to flesh out her exclusive reporting, cnn contributor and former homeland security advisor, fran townsend. fran currently serves on the cia external advisory committee and recently visited libya with her employer, mcandrews forbes. also with us, arwa damon, who has been breaking news all week for us from benghazi. so fran, what have we learned about these two navy s.e.a.l.s? initially a former s.e.a.l.s, it was thought they were there to protect the ambassador. that's not the case. >> that's not the case, anderson. they are part of this protective security contractor force. these two contractors -- the contractors generally are recruited from elite special forces because of their training and experience. in the case of doherty, he had served in iraq and afghanistan. these were both men who understood very wel
and ben wedeman. arwa, what's going on in benghazi right now? >> reporter: well, the situation is pretty tense. just about every single libyan that we have been speaking to of course expressing their horror, their outrage about tuesday's attack, saying this most certainly is not indicative of how libyans themselves feel but also really wanting to see their own government begin to take control, begin to rein in these various militias. the government for its part now does believe, says it's 100% confident that tuesday's attack was carried out by extremist group or groups. they say they detained four people, not disclosing which group they were affiliated with but they were also say they go believe this attack was preplanned, intended to inflict damage to drive an irrepairable wedge between the libyans and americans. >> arwa, earlier you walked through what remains of that u.s. consulate in benghazi where ambassador stevens and the three other americans were killed in tuesday's attack and you sent us dramatic video. walk us through what you saw. >> reporter: we walked into the main residenc
planning or organization. they are looking at the scene just outside of the consulate in benghazi. tonight, "360" as obtained exclusi exclusi exclusive information about the events leading up to his killing. he talked about being worried about the security threats there. he specifically mentioned the rise in islamic extremism and our source tells us he emailed a journalist in the wake of the bombing in june. he wrote, maybe you should travel to bengazi in light of what appearing to be going on. he wrote and i quote, you should east to benghazi to check out the situation there which appears the be heating up. what we don't know is why, given all that ambassador stevens thought why he travelled with such a light security detail and why he was allowed to? did he want it that way or did the risks go unheeded and he and his people die because of it? at this point we simply don't know. senator john mccain supported the president's steps to oust khadafy, and the president's steps taken since then. i spoke to senator mccain earlier today. senator mccain, a source familiar with the ambassador's thi
.s. personnel have been evacuated from benghazi, libya. and very small skeletal staffs in tripoli and also yemen. but the u.s. is also looking at other countries. we have ten countries that you just mentioned where there are u.s. protests. clearly they're looking at sudan right now. right now they're not evacuating people. again, they're saying stay tuned. make sure you're registered with the embassy. right now everyone's relying on commercial travel to get out. the roads are open. everything's open, wolf. right now it's just seems to be localized just at these u.s. embassies and not kind of chaos spreading throughout the country. >> these are live pictures we're showing our viewers now from tahrir square in cairo. not very far from the u.s. embassy. you've been there, i've been there. it's only a few -- maybe a block away. but they have apparently established all sorts of barriers around the u.s. embassy. it's a huge embassy too. >> it's a huge embassy. it's like a complex, if you will. even as you have the setback in these reinforcements, they're asking the local government in the last couple
-cocked. part of why governor romney looked bad responding to the tragedy in benghazi, he seemed like he was too political and too opportunistic. it could be here that the president was a little too cool. i don't think in his defense for a minute he would say that the murder of an ambassador and other american personnel, much less all the other folks who have died in that region, is just a bump in the road. i think what he's trying to do is show everybody that we're on this, the united states is doing well and you know, i think that's a kind of typical no drama obama response. >> alex, is that what it is, the cool head of the president? >> i think there's something to that, but i think there's also a little more, and that is that this president's great strength is his intellect. he lives inside his head and his ideas. and part of it is he doesn't really feel your pain like paul's former boss, bill clinton, but he can memorize a study about it, you know. people are distant from this president. there's a certain sense of arrogance to this white house that they're just detached from it and i think
she is still waiting for answers while the fbi investigates four americans killing in benghazi, libya. our sources reveal that not single fbi investigators has set foot at the crime scene 15 days after the terrorist attack. and that the crime scene has still not been secured. those are just two headlines, two new pieces of information tonight. that is not all we're learning. cnn national security correspondent fran townsend joins us now. as we often mention, fran is a former white house homeland security adviser and a member of the security adviser committee and was recently in libya with her xworm, mccann drew & forbes. also with us, bob bear and we have the daily beast. you have new reporting. >> so you understand when this happens and the fbi opens the investigation one of the first thing is go to the state department and say, please request permission for to us enter the country, get to the crime scene, benghazi, and please request that we will have the security and the ability to do that, that we will have access to the crime scene, that we will have access to any individuals tha
investigators still have not set foot in the ruins of the american consulate in benghazi, libya, tonight we're the first to tell you why. tonight, we have the likely reason and we have it from a top law enforcement official. four americans as you know were murdered in the assault, one american ambassador, christopher stevens. that was two and a half weeks ago. two and a half weeks that have seen the administration first describe this as a spontaneous outburst even though our reporting revealed that officials knew within 24 hours that it was not. only much later did they back away from that assessment. today, the director of national intelligence, james clapper, put out a statement explaining that early evidence supported that theory so that's why they told the white house and congress. clapper says that throughout the investigation, his agency made it clear that the assessment was preliminary and could change. neither his statement nor our sources specify a time frame for the dni's change of view. again, our sources tell us that law enforcement officials knew within 24 hours that this was a
in the ruins of the american consulate of benghazi, libya. tonight, we're the first it tell you why. the likely reason and from a top law enforcement official. four americans as you know were murdered in the assault, one american ambassador, christopher stevens, that was 2 1/2 weeks ago, 2 1/2 weeks, that saw the administration describe this first as a spontaneous outburst, even though reporting shows that officials knew within 24 hours it was not. today the director of national intelligence, james clapper, explained early evidence supported that theory, so that's why they told the white house and congress. clapper says throughout the investigation, his agency made it clear that the assessment was preliminary and could change. neither his statement nor our source have a time frame. law enforcement officials knew within 24 hours this was a terror attack. reporting reveals that even though the administration says the investigation is going smoothing, the fbi has hit a bump in the road. a senior law enforcement official, telling fran townsend, the fbi wanted the u.s. military to provide perimeter
. not just benghazi libya, where four americans were killed in the turmoil. ambassador christopher stevens, sean smith, former navy s.e.a.l. glen doherty, and breaking news about the fourth victim. identified, tyron woods, a former navy s.e.a.l. as well. according to knsd, woods was from the area, from imperial beach, 41 years old. his ex-wife telling the station he loved being a s.e.a.l. more than life itself. we do have late developments on an arrest today in connection with his killing, as well as the search for additional suspects. and the libyans, many of whom have expressed shock and outrage over the killings. as we said, the anti-american flames are spreading. in addition to libya and egypt, there were protests as well today in yemen, sudan, iraq, morocco, gaza. at least 11 hotspots now including israel, iran, and the kashmir region by india. not just contained in the arab world anymore. the most dramatic and deadly eruption happened in the capital of yemen. take a look. protesters breaching a wall at the u.s. embassy with several thousand more chanting in the street. witnesses say
in libya. it is now being called benghazi gate and police arrive at a gruesome murder scene and find a young television star dead in the driveway. >>> benjamin netanyahu drew a red line, literally, had the big, fat, wasn't a skinny little sharpie. it was a fat, red line. >>> our second story, the prime minister of israel literally drew a red line for iran's nuclear program today as he addressed the u.n. general assembly. see him there? and he paused for effect. now, look at that rather crudely drawn bomb. this was no colin powell moment. there was a purposefully simple diagram, kind of like a cartoon, designed to make what benjamin netanyahu believes is a very serious, but simple point. >> by next spring at most, by next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will be finished with medium enrichment and move on to the final stage. from there, it's only a few months, possibly a few weeks, before they get enough enriched uranium for the fist bomb. >> but in his speech this week, president obama did not give any such timeline. he certainly didn't draw a red line. >> so let me be clear
embassy christopher stevens and three other americans killed last night at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. president obama has ordered that flags fly at half-staff across the united states and at embassies around the world until sunday night. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. earlier today, the republican challenger, mitt romney blasted president obama for what he characterized as, quote, an apology for america's values over the storming of the u.s. embassy in cairo. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> the president fired right back in an interview tonight with cbs news. >> governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and name later, and as president, one of the things i've learned is you can't do that, that, you know, it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them. >> and there are late-breaking developments right now. two u.s. navy warships are moving toward the coast of libya and 50 marines are on the ground in tripo
.s. consulate attack. it's a mission they call it a consulate, officially it's our mission in benghazi. and last week it was deadly there. protesters again back on the streets today, as well, and our cnn's arwa damon is live on the telephone in benghazi where she's been investigating this story. so we're hearing protests yet again on the street, all of this as you're able to interview the libyan program, arwa. for starters, why is this story where you are so much different than the story here, according to the state department? >> well, there has been quite a bit of contradiction when it comes to accounts of exactly what may have transpired on september 11th that led, of course, to the horrific events at the u.s. consulate. according to the prime minister, who we spoke to, so far they have seen eight individuals who are directly related to this attack. some of them are are being described as printer members of a known splinter group although the government is saying that the group itself at this point was not involved as an organization in the attacks itself. he said that there were no foreigner
in the middle east. armed men stormed the american consulate in benghazi libya, tonight, setting it on fire after a protest against an american-produced movie they say insults the prophet, mohammed. this was just hours after egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the american embassy in cairo, tearing down the american flag. the protesters there tried to raise a black flag, with the words "there is no god, but alla and mohammed is his messenger." we're in cairo with the latest on the situation. ian, obviously, we're sad to confirm that breaking news on an american who has been killed and the violence in libya. but the outburst you saw in cairo sounds like it got ugly quickly. what exactly happened? >> reporter: well, erin, i was on the ground, and i saw hundreds if not a couple thousand protesters in front of the u.s. embassy, chanting against america. a handful of protesters were able to reach the perimeter of the embassy and tear down the american flag, and then set it on fire. these protesters are angry about that video you mentioned earlier. and this video, i watched this video, and it
-protesters rallied last night in benghazi against groups they say are responsible on the attack against the u.s. consulate that killed four americans. >> pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi. >> counter-protesters were met by some resistance. four people were killed and dozens injured last night in benghazi. more in libya in about three minutes here on cnn. >>> at least 220 people were killed today in syria with government forces shelling aleppo and the damascus suburb. this comes as leaders of the rebel free syrian army are moving from turkey into syrian territories. it's a milestone for the group who has many ex-soldiers who defected from president bashar al assad's army to fight the regime. the leader says the next step is to start liberating damascus. >>> the wife of a missing retired fbi agent hopes to meet with the president of iran to plead for her husband's safe return. robert levenson disappeared on kish island in 2007 while investigating cigarette smuggling fo
, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago, he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. >> that's the first we learned about exactly what stevens was doing in benghazi, a city the u.s. had been warned was not safe. and the president continued in his speech vowing to find the killers. >> the attacks on the civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. we are grateful for the assistance we received from the libyan government, and from the libyan people. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> relentless in tracking down the killers, and bringing them to justice. it's a promise. but does that promise add up? it has been 14 days since the american ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed. and we still don't know why, and we still don't know who did it. and what we do know, from our reporting here at cnn, is this. in terms of a warning, three days before stevens was killed, th
on the embassy. within hours, crowds gathered outside benghazi, libya. armed militants killed the u.s. ambassador and three of the staffers. today, crowds storm the u.s. embassy in yemen. riot police eventually turned them back with tear gas. also today, demonstrators turn out in iran. they aamass outside the swiss embassy, which represents u.s. interests in iran. let's get the latest now from that region. mohammed jamjoon join us. >> about 2,000 to 3,000 protesters that were marching toward the u.s. embassy, many of them aable to get close enough to the main gates. they started scaling the walls. fires were set outside the u.s. embassy compound. i've spoken to a western diplomat there who tells me everyone in the embassy is fine. no word if the staff has been evacuated. just a short while ago, yemeni president issued a statement in which he issued an apology to u.s. president barack obama and the american people for the attack on the embassy today, saying this was unacceptable and ordered yemeni security forces to launch an investigation and prosecute anybody they found involved in this to the f
in benghazi has just issued a statement denying responsibility. it's an important thing to say given that they have quickly claimed responsibility for other attacks, including on american interests and on the red cross. libyan prime minister tells cnn at least one person has been arrested in conjunction with the killings of the american ambassador chris steven's and three embassy staff members. we have more information for you tonight about who those people are. glenn dougherty was a former navy s.e.a.l. working as a specialist in libya. sean smith was a state department computer expert. and, of course, chris steven's was the u.s. ambassador to libya. the fourth victim is another security officer who has not been publicly identified tonight. >>> we have the first look inside the building where they died. these are pictures we just got today. they show heavy damage, burnt out rooms. that's the american consulate building in benghazi. we want to get straight to cairo. we're hearing that someone has been arrested in conjunction with the attacks. but one of the groups linked with al qaed
consulate in benghazi was preplanned. that is crucial. libyan prime minister also tells cnn that eight people detained were involved in carrying out the attack. that some are far extreme members of libya's largest islamic brigade and that no members having known affiliations specifically to al-qaeda. now, they also say to arwa that 30 to 50 people were attacked the consulate. they were organized, but didn't belong to one specific group. now, the libyan government said this was preplanned, but interesting. that has not been the message out of washington. this was the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice, on september 17th. >> the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact, this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. >> not preplanned or premeditated. white house spokesman jay carney reiterated that position yesterday. >> based on the information we had at the time and had to this day, we do not have evidence it was premeditated. >> but today, carney for the first time called it a terrorist attack and changed his wording, i quote him, we have
in the attack in benghazi, libya. this came on the heels from a report on "the daily beast" chbs the u.s. government new about the involvement within 24 hours of the attack. it was 15 days ago and what we've heard for the past 15 days is that the attacks were an attack on america. that was the president. not preplanned, spontaneous, that was susan rice and carried out by a small and savage group. that was secretary of state hillary clinton. well, the president of libya today also came out today and was clear about al-qaeda. >> hiding in libya. >> it was actually in a high level united nations meeting that hillary clinton for the first time today admitted that an al-qaeda linked group was involved. >> for some time, al-qaeda in the islamic mog rab and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings from northern mali into neighboring countries and are working with other violent extremists to undermine the transitions as we tragically saw in benghazi. >> now, "the new york times" reported that other senior u.s. officials were surprised by secretary clinton's admission. her linking of
. and there will be -- and especially in these tragic times with what happened in benghazi, there's a natural reaction of americans to say let's pull back. but we know what happens when we take an isolationist policy. things only get worse. there's no protecting yourself in a world that is so global and, by the way, let's remember pakistan has nuclear weapons, and so completely disengaging and leaving them and abandoning sort of any form of relationship is very, very dangerous. >> all right. thanks very much to fran townsend. next, a member of congress cleared of ethics violations after a three-year investigation and a pretty amazing price tag for taxpayers. so does that add up? >>> and later, members of a jailed russian punk band have gained the support of yoko ono ahead of a court hearing that could set them free. the husband of one of the band members and his little daughter soms "outfront" tonight. an be rh on the lower back and your upper thighs. you have some nasty aches and pains. i really like advil® because it takes care of it all. neck ache, shoulder pain and definitely lower back pain. i use advil® be
.s. consulate in benghazi. let's go live to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence getting new details on what's going on. chris, what are you learning? >> yeah, wolf, just in the past few hours libya's own prime minister told cnn's own christiane amonopore have arrested one man. he is currently being interrogated. and libyan authorities say they have several others under surveillance and more arrests may be on the way. meantime, u.s. intelligence officials say they are digging deeper and getting more information about who may have been behind this attack. at this point they say it does not appear to be a core al qaeda group, wolf. >> what does that mean? a core al chi da affiliate groups. what does that mean, a core al qaeda group? >> they think it's very possible that this could have been an al qaeda-inspired group. some group that is not directly affiliated with the hierarchy of al qaeda but does support the aims and ideals of al qaeda. >> and what about the u.s. warships, chris, that are heading toward libya right now? where are they? and are those extra u.s. marines already on the
at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's prime minister now acknowledging that the attack was pre-planned. you'll recall from "360's" exclusive reporting last night, they talked about never-ending security threats in benghazi. a source familiar with ambassador stevens' thinking telling us the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise in islamic extremism, the growing al qaeda presence in libya and said he was on an al qaeda hit list. today the secretary of state hillary clinton was asked about that notion. >> i have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there's any basis for that. >> her remarks notwithstanding, we think our reporting is solid and our own people have been digging deeper, including arwa damon, who has been in benghazi with the breaking news. arwa, first to you, there is still a disagreement between the u.s. and libyan governments over whether or not the benghazi attacks were pre-planned. you interviewed the libyan prime minister earlier today. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, the prime minister was telling us they do, in fact, at this stage b
consulate in benghazi was a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists affiliated or sympathetic with al qaeda, a flat statement just issued. let's discuss the political fallout in our strategy session. joining us now, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor donna brazile, along with david frum, contributing editor at "the daily beast" and "newsweek." david, a powerful statement just released by the director of national intelligence. it totally contradicts what the administration was saying in the days that immediately followed the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other americans. what do you make of this? >> totally supports what my colleague reported three days ago who was the first with this story. what it makes is the american ambassador dead, the administration's first impulse was to find ways to cover itself and avoid acknowledging the mistake the ambassador had completely inadequate security in a dangerous place. and it did that by pitting on this youtube video of the maker on his way to prison and charged under other offenses. in
veteran who served in missions from baghdad to benghazi. tyrone woods and glen doherty were former navy s.e.a.l.s who were working as diplomatic security officers at the u.s. consulate. the bodies were met by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. >> but even as voices of mistrust and suspicion seem to divide countries and cultures from one another, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> we've seen the anti-american protests popping up in more than a dozen countries now, but not all of them have been violent like what we've seen in egypt or libya. many more of the protests have been peaceful like this one in pakistan, with muslim demonstrators voicing their anger over an anti-muslim film produced in the u.s. >> some of the largest anti-american protests have been in cairo where officials were forced to build large concrete walls in the streets just to keep protesters away from the u.s. embassy there. ian lee joins me now from cairo. we know at points there's been lots of people, thousands of people, at leas
that's erupting. starting with kcairo. benghazi and now, beyond. you wrote an op-ed "the new york times" about all of this saying the republicans are in disarray, they're divided about national security and foreign policy. so, did mr. romney's handling, his comments following the unrest in egypt further kind of underscore a real girth of understanding if not confusion? >> yeah, it's a little bit of both and i think if you see mitt romney hours after our top diplomat and three other americans were murdered in libya, he was trying to use this as a political case and then the reaction to romney within his own party. many republicans shaking their heads and criticizing and saying this is not the moment. some even noting that when reagan and george h.w. bush ran for president in 1980 and we had servicemen killed trying to rescue hostages in iran, reagan didn't politicize that moment, neither did bush, so it seems that the republican party has lost its way. there are so many splits inside of the party about spending and how do we predict power in the world that many republicans really don't k
-hand camera. >>> but first here's my take. the images of the american embassy burning in benghazi might have conjured up memories of tehran in 1979, but the analogy is false. in libya, the government is not fomenting anti-americanism. it's lamb meanting it. the violence there appears to have been the work of small extremist elements that lack much popular support. but the storm has spread from libya. across the middle east there have been protests rallying against the united states and the west in general. even in these places, however, keep in mind that these crowds number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands. in countries with tens of millions of people. they make for vivid images be u they don't tell the whole story. what can we say about these places and protests? first in many of these countries, particularly those that have toppled dictatorships, the most important reality is not of bad government but of weak government. in libya, yemen, and even egypt, the state has lost its ability to control its public. in a sense, this might be progress. egypt didn't see protests like this before bec
is in cairo. let me go to arwa. you are in benghazi for us right now. what's the scene like there? >> well, everyone we have been speaking to and i literally just landed here two hours ago, is incredibly distraught of what took place. they are in utter shock and want to make clear how anguished they are over what transpired. they want the world to know, this is not libya or an action that was supported by the vast majority of libyans. this most certainly is not why they want revolution. many of them reiterated against the fact that they expect them to the united states to nato for their aid. that being said, all of them want to see their government disarm with these gangs that are roaming about with basically pure impunity. some of these gangs are remnants of the revolutionary forces that were established during the fighting that took place that has been robust to lay down their weapons for a variety of reasons. some are more extremists and they emerge from these evolution nary forces. this brings to light the sinister -- but outside of the authority of the government itself. the realizati
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